Ambassador Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the UN, will speak to the campus community on this important topic.
Mr. Vrailas studied economics at the University of Athens and interned at the European Commission. He joined the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985, and graduated from the Ministry’s Centre of Diplomatic Studies a year later. His first assignment was with the Department of European Community affairs, dealing with relations between the European Community and the Mediterranean countries. He was seconded to the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EC during the Greek Presidency in 1988 as national representative in the Mediterranean Working Group. He used his time in Brussels also to obtain a certificate of European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Vrailas was Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Afterwards, he moved to the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN, where he covered mainly Security Council issues and was the Mission’s coordinator during the Greek Presidency in 1994.
From 1996 to 1999, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Greece in Tehran. Upon his return to Athens, he was appointed European Correspondent, a position which he held until January 2004, including during the Greek Presidency in the first semester of 2003.
Mr. Vrailas continued to cover CFSP/ESDP affairs in Brussels (2004-08), where he was Deputy Representative to the Political and Security Committee, as well as Representative to the Political-Military Group. Subsequently, he was appointed Chief Coordinator of the Greek Permanent Representation to the EU for external relations and all other COREPER II issues (2008-09).
In August 2009, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Greece in Washington, until he became Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in July 2011.
Please note: João Vale de Almeida, European Union ambassador to the United Nations, was previously scheduled to speak on this topic.Part of Adelphi’s ongoing Ambassadorial Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public.